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Introduction

Robert C. Allen, Tommy Bengtsson and Martin Dribe

in Living Standards in the Past

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199280681
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602467 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199280681.003.0001
 Introduction

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In the introduction, different contributions are brought together in an analysis of pre-industrial living standards in East and West, viewed in the light of the general debate on these issues from the classical economists to present times. The general picture emerging is not one of great divergence, but instead one of considerable similarities. Regional differences within Europe or Asia were often larger than the average differences between them.

Keywords: Asia; classical economists; demography; economic history; Europe; standard of living

Chapter.  10768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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